Image: Bob Walker/The Cats’ House
Image: Bob Walker/The Cats’ House
Basic cat furniture and scratching posts are all well and good, but a handful of crazy cat lovers have gone the extra mile by building hugely elaborate indoor playgrounds for their prized pets. Complete with the likes of snaking tunnels, a spiral slide-cum-walkway, colorful steps and hanging bridges, these kitty fantasy lands sometimes stretch around the entire length of people’s homes – giving their feline inhabitants full-scale obstacle courses to explore and play on. Here are eight of the most impressive.
8. Cat Transit System
Essentially a steampunk-esque cat pipe, this incredible wall-spanning contraption runs around its cat owner’s San Francisco home office. The tunnel was installed by local design studio Because We Can.
The industrial-style playground is part of a home office redesign that takes the mad scientist theme to a whole new level – quite literally for the resident kitty.
Complete with quirky cog and wheel fixtures, the tube allows the adventurous cat access to the ceiling.
7. House of Neko
Instead of making just one room of the house feline friendly, one eccentric pet owner has transformed his entire home into a cat dreamland. Through the installation of ramps, raised walkways, ledges and even a spiral walkway-cum-slide, builder Peter Cohen has ensured the kitties living in his Goleta, California property are never bored.
Even the bathroom – which is entered via a shark-themed tunnel doubling as a back scratcher – has received a kitty-themed makeover. With such attention to detail, the moggie modifications haven’t come cheap, though. Indeed, Cohen told HouzzTV that the catwalks alone cost between $40,000 and $50,000.
6. The Cats’ House
Bob Walker and his partner Frances Mooney turned their former home in San Diego, California into a feline paradise complete with ramps, walkways and at least one room-high scratching column.
The husband-and-wife team originally built a “ceiling superhighway” to separate the lounge room from the dining area, though things escalated quickly with the addition of enormous colorful scratch posts and wooden tunnels and ledges, which Walker built himself.
The cat-crazy couple – who choose not to have more than 12 cats at a time – have released several picture books showcasing their former home, which has drawn attention from all over the world. Even so, the pair have since moved to Virginia, with their eight felines and one Chihuahua in tow.
5. Kitty Loft
This striking yellow structure – known as the Kitty Loft – was built by a pair of Brooklyn, New York residents known only as Willy and MC.
Their pet cats, Atila and Miles, are able to roam the length of their 20-foot-long, 7-inch-wide staircase-cum-walkway, which conveniently takes them directly to their beds – just in case they get tired from all that climbing.
As cat furniture goes, the Kitty Loft is a pretty stylish addition to this urban apartment.
4. Overhead Cat Playground
Cat trees and gyms are fairly common these days, but one company based in Germany offers a bit more than such standard products. Feline furniture manufacturer Goldtatze – which translates as “gold paw” – creates overhead structures, playgrounds and obstacle courses for cats.
The fun features are made with cats’ natural behaviors in mind; bridges and walkways, for example, are suspended from ceilings, allowing the kitties to climb and leap. Furthermore, all the structures are custom designed according to the type of room in which they will end up.
Goldtatze is owned by carpenter Stefan Hofmann, who says he thinks of how cats jump, play and relax while he’s building the pet-minded playgrounds.
3. Plus-Nyan House
This next incredible house was realized by Japanese residential construction firm Asahi Kasei Homes. By the looks of it, every detail has cats in mind, from the secret under-the-stairs cat room to the extra kitty litter space in the bathroom.
Image: via Foboxs
How kitties get from A to B has been considered, too – though the ramps, walkways and ledges are not just for the cats’ benefit. Thanks to the use of scratch-resistant materials, the felines can explore to their hearts’ content without leaving behind a trail of destruction.
Beyond practicalities, Asahi Kasei Homes was, before starting the build, also tasked with examining the way cats and humans interact. And the result, it seems, is an abode where both man and beast – albeit cute, cuddly beast – live in harmony.
2. Tree of Marie
The biggest cat tree on the planet is to be found inside Ohio-based animal shelter Angels for Animals, and it’s quite the spectacle. Stretching 24 feet into the air, the 36-branched behemoth features numerous carpeted pods – the perfect place for a catnap or two.
It took more than a year and a half to build the super-sized, $100,000 structure, which is used by 30 up-for-adoption cats at any one time. The tree is named for Marie Stillings, whose donation made its installation possible, and – unsurprisingly – it has become something of a local tourist attraction.
Image: Schuyler Samperton
1. Cat Shelves and Stairs
This cute set of shelves and stairs is the perfect thing for any feline to discover and explore. Devised by California-based interior designer Schuyler Samperton, the seamless-looking installation can be found inside a property in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park neighborhood.